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Do Spells Have to Rhyme?

Postby azriel » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:47 pm

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I am new the craft and as I was browsing the different spells and prayers, I noticed that all of them were in rhyme. Is this a necessity for creating a spell? Just out of curiosity. ?.?

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Re: Do spells have to rhyme?

Postby Jonjonsalinas_ » Sat Nov 30, 2013 11:30 pm

It's not exactly necessary, although in the Wiccan Rede it states that a spell 'should' rhyme. Although many of my own spells do not involve rhyming. For simple things like a blessing I'll just say "by lighting this candle, I bless _____". Really it's all preference, but is not required.
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Re: Do spells have to rhyme?

Postby Xiao Rong » Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:43 am

I think it's a matter of aesthetic preference; some people find a lot of beauty in crafting spells in free verse and without rhymes, while others prefer rhymes. I will say that rhymes make spells easier to remember (which was the original purpose of rhyming in the days before writing) ... not to mention I just like the idea of spells that remind me of "double double toil and trouble". But Jon is right - for some spells (especially short ones), sometimes it's easier to just be clear and direct.
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Re: Do spells have to rhyme?

Postby Klia » Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:08 am

To me it just flows better and sounds nicer when sentences rhyme. I prefer it, but it's always up to you. To each their own.
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Re: Do spells have to rhyme?

Postby Kassandra » Sun Dec 01, 2013 3:59 am

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Does magic that flows from water and wind,
from fire and earth, from spirit within,
flow stronger in word via rhyming spell,
or could unrhymmed verse do the trick
just as well?

I think, going forward,
I'll make all my spells rhyme,
though it may prove difficult
to do all the time.

'Cause it sounds much more "magical"
when I write this way,
though to some of you reading this
it sounds kinda' gay.




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Re: Do spells have to rhyme?

Postby p3nathan » Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:40 am

A lot of people like for their rituals to flow with a sort of rhythm which poetry style spells work very well for. Some people also do rhyming spells because they're generally easier to commit to memory and if you can avoid having to read straight from a page during a ritual, it's good to do so.

But I certainly don't believe they have to rhyme. I think it's all about creating the right atmosphere and doing what feels best for you.
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Re: Do spells have to rhyme?

Postby TheGirlOfSecrets » Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:51 am

The Wiccan Rede says: To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.

If you're not a Wiccan and you're just a Witch then I guess you don't have too... But I'm pretty sure not all Wiccans make sure there spells rhyme. Of course if the spell doesn't make any sense eg. let this spell heal my friend and eat cheese until the end. See, that was obviously a stupid rhyme that doesn't make any sense... I doubt anyone would actually say that but I'm just saying... There's more ring to it if you make it rhyme :flyingwitch:
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Re: Do spells have to rhyme?

Postby Echo_of_shadows » Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:44 am

As many have already said, rhyming is an aid in helping to remember the words. Rhyming is also thought to add power as well. I think now it's just a personal, aesthetic preference. If you feel good about using spells that rhyme and you're good at writing spells that rhyme, then go for it. But not all of us are good at rhyming.

Kassandra wrote:Does magic that flows from water and wind,
from fire and earth, from spirit within,
flow stronger in word via rhyming spell,
or could unrhymmed verse do the trick
just as well?

I think, going forward,
I'll make all my spells rhyme,
though it may prove difficult
to do all the time.

'Cause it sounds much more "magical"
when I write this way,
though to some of you reading this
it sounds kinda' gay.



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Re: Do spells have to rhyme?

Postby TheGirlOfSecrets » Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:22 pm

I agree with Echo_of_shadows lol
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Re: Do spells have to rhyme?

Postby azriel » Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:17 pm

I find the point about rhythm very interesting. I feel like I should start writing out some of my thoughts in different manners to see what flows better with me.

Thank you all for the responses!
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Re: Do spells have to rhyme?

Postby Kassandra » Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:26 pm

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azriel wrote:I feel like I should start writing out some of my thoughts in different manners to see what flows better with me.

There is a spell critique forum here, which is waaay underutilized for some reason. Feel free to post drafts of your spell there any time if you care to, and we'd be happy to give you feedback on them. http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/forum121.html

Good luck. : )



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Re: Do spells have to rhyme?

Postby azriel » Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:53 pm

Thank you Kassandra! I will try and give it a go!

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